General Percy Kirke The Younger


This is the painting of Percy Kirke the Younger, who was Colonel of the Regiment from 1710-1741.

Born in 1683 or 4, the son of Piercy Kirke the elder and his wife Mary. He was gazetted as an Ensign in Trelawny's Regiment in 1686 at the age of 2 - his father of course drew his pay. At the age of 6 he was gazetted as a Captain in his father's regiment in Ireland but when the battalion was inspected at Dundalk he is listed as being "sick". He became active at the age of 19, now with considerable seniority of course, and served with The Queen's in the Vigo expedition of 1702 in the War of the Spanish Succession. He purchased the lieutenant-colonelcy in July 1707 and commanded the Regiment, in the absence of the Colonel, Lord Portmore, in Spain and Portugal. He was wounded and taken prisoner at the disastrous battle of Almanza in the same year, when the Regiment was all but destroyed along with much of the army.

After release on parole he purchased the Colonelcy and commanded the Regiment on the abortive Quebec expedition of 1711. He commanded the Regiment during its long period in Gibraltar, just across the sea from Tangier, where his father had commanded in such turbulent times. He was promoted at various times, reaching the rank of Lieutenant General. He never married. He died in 1741 and is buried in Westminster Abbey where there is a memorial bust to him.